On Sunday, The Barrios family had an event with hundreds of foster youth in our city. It not only celebrated them, but Viola's Huge Heart Festival raised awareness of the needs and problems that many local foster children face. The event was put on in honor of their mother, the late Viola Barrios. About 350 children in foster care got to feel a sense of love and joy Sunday. They also got to be face-to-face with several elected officials.
Helping local students while honoring the memory of a Westside woman long known for her generosity. For the past five years on the birthday of Viola Barrios, her family has been raising money for the Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation.
A beautiful thing happened on an ordinary summer afternoon when Providence board member, Craig Franklin, had a conversation with an acquaintance who was wondering if he knew of a student who would benefit from the help his foundation could provide. The acquaintance was Louis Barrios, one of the founders of Viola's Huge Heart Foundation.
Freshman year can be intimidating enough at any school, but heading to an all-girls college preparatory high school like Incarnate Word, that's a different story. Like any normal 14-year-old girl entering high school, I was full of anticipation, excitement and fear the summer before I started high school. I didn't know what was in store for me. I also feared that I might not do as well as I thought I could.
Diana Barrios Treviño, daughter of the slain Mexican restaurant owner Viola Barrios, said she hoped to open a new chapter in the lives of her family and those of Incarnate Word High School students through a Salsa & Scholarships fundraiser Sunday. Treviño and her sister Teresa Barrios Ogden, both graduates of Incarnate Word High School, have said they want to help others attend the all-female Catholic school and continue their mother's legacy of assisting those in need.